September 16, 2020
August 19, 2020
David Landau is the Founder & CEO of DLA, LLC and has served in this capacity since founding the firm in 2001. David is a recognized expert in forensic accounting and financial matters relating to litigation. David has served as a financial expert in the areas of matrimonial matters, business valuation, construction fraud, partnership disputes, lost profits, employee investigations, restrictive covenant issues, internal control deficiencies, SEC investigations, and various real estate cases. David has provided testimony on behalf of clients.
Prior to forming DLA, David worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in the Mergers & Acquisition Advisory Services department serving a variety of industries. His responsibilities included performing advisory due diligence for buy-side LBO and strategic clients ranging from $10 million to $4 billion. In addition to his Mergers & Acquisition Advisory Services experience, David worked for Ernst & Young LLP performing financial audits of American Express (Europe), Lehman Brothers, Bankers Trust, and McGraw Hill. David was also the CEO of Alumnipride.com, Inc., a social media website he founded in 1997 and sold in 2000.
David co-authored the tax section of New Jersey Family Law – 2nd Edition. David also presents and lectures on various litigation issues, including hidden income, asset tracing, business valuation, and cost-effective strategies for settlement. Some of his recent speaking engagements include:
David has been involved in numerous matters, including:
Ernst & Young, LLP
Pennsylvania State University – B.S. in Accounting
Certified Public Accountant (NY)
Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
Member of the Finance and Accounting Consultants Alliance (FINACA)
Formerly a member of the Real Estate Advisory Board at the Pennsylvania State University
Phil Ramacca is the President & COO of DLA, LLC. Phil has over 30 years of broad business experience, with extensive audit experience relating to real estate and asset management companies. Phil has worked extensively with all of DLA’s real estate clients, including REITs, REOCs, and Private Equity firms, and serves as the Lead Client Service Partner for numerous real estate clients.
Phil has worked with dozens of companies to initially comply with SOX requirements and maintain that compliance is ongoing. Phil has extensive audit experience in all categories of real estate and has performed in-depth reviews of the operations of joint venture partners, third-party managed properties, self-managed properties, and hotels. Phil works closely with senior management and his responsibilities include coordinating client engagements; post engagement discussions with client executives; recognizing, researching and resolving technical accounting and auditing issues; consulting on business combinations; and assisting clients negotiating debt agreements.
Ernst & Young
Long Island University, CW Post – B.S. in Accounting
Keith Snyder is a Partner at DLA, LLC and heads the Internal Audit services practices. Keith Snyder brings over 26 years of internal audit and technology-related experience, primarily in the real estate, financial services, and professional services industries. Keith’s consulting experience includes control optimization, risk identification, process improvement and optimization of accounting and operational business functions, operational due diligence, and analysis and design of financial and management reporting. At DLA, Keith assists clients through both SOX compliance, operation reviews and management consulting services, as well as manages DLA staff on SOX engagements.
Keith’s professional focus is in SOX, control design and implementation, internal audit, technology optimization, IT controls and governance, process and organization optimization and project management. Keith has extensive experience in designing control environments and analyzing business needs to assess ERP system application functionality leading to the selection and implementation of a complete financial package. He is also experienced in streamlining procedures, increasing efficiencies and improving customer satisfaction by modifying processes, implementing EDI and increasing inventory control.
Ernst & Young
Chase Manhattan Leasing Company
Brooklyn Law School – JD
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – BGS in Accounting
Scott Levy is a Partner at DLA, LLC and serves as the New England Practice and Accounting Advisory Leader. Scott has more than 25 years of professional experience advising clients on business and accounting issues ranging from business planning and equity compensation to mergers and acquisitions. He has significant experience in SOX Compliance, SEC Reporting, SEC Filings, and U.S. GAAP, with a focus on serving public and private companies in the technology, biotech, healthcare, distribution, and manufacturing industries. Scott specializes in working with public companies and has taken numerous companies public, as well as assisted in raising money for public and private offerings.
Prior to joining DLA, Scott was the Northeast Regional Audit Practice Leader and New England Managing Partner for Grant Thornton LLP. His responsibilities were focused on business development, managing the business operations and delivering client service. In addition to his role as Audit Partner, Scott performed engagement and office quality control reviews and was significantly involved in resolving complex accounting matters. Scott also advised companies on structuring transactions and understanding the financial reporting requirements.
Sobel & Co.
Ernst & Young
University of Phoenix – MBA
State University of New York at Albany – B.S. in Accounting
Certified Public Accountant (MA, NY, NJ)
Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
40 Under 40 – NY and NJ
Boston Business Journal: ‘Who’s Who in Accounting’
Quoted in various publications in New Jersey and Boston including NJ Biz and Boston Business Journal’
Serves and have served on numerous Not-for-Profit Boards including Citi Performing Arts Center, SBANE, Mass Society of CPA’s, Junior Achievement, Anti-Defamation League and Jewish National Fund
Kevin Baldwin is a Partner at DLA, LLC and heads the Forensics, Valuation & Litigation Support practice. Kevin has over ten years of business advisory expertise including matrimonial and commercial litigation support, forensic accounting, business valuation, and tax consultation. Previously, Kevin was a Director in the Advisory Services department of a large regional accounting firm and currently lends his expertise to several industry organizations, as well as his professional affiliated organizations.
Kevin’s practice is focused on matrimonial litigation support, business valuation, and forensic accounting. He also advises on specific and complex tax issues arising from marital dissolution. Kevin has been engaged by attorneys to represent high net worth clients in divorce matters and to value business enterprises, such as early childhood education and daycare facilities, medical practices, and real estate development and construction firms. He has consulted on matters of equitable distribution between spouses, cash flow analysis, diversion of assets and income, and marital lifestyle analysis.
Kevin presents and lectures on topics such as business valuation, tax aspects of divorce and settlement agreements, and matrimonial accounting. His speaking engagements include:
Monmouth University – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA); Accounting Concentration
Certified Public Accountant (NJ)
Member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accounts (NJCPA)
Member of the Monmouth/Ocean County Litigation Support Committee
Honorary board member of “The Next Generation Foundation” – a not-for-profit cancer organization
Kathleen Lauster, CFA is a Managing Director at DLA, LLC and heads the Capital Advisory & Restructuring practice. She leads the DLA team in providing expert financial support and advising companies and creditors with strategies to unlock capital and maximize recoveries in distressed, restructuring, and special situations. DLA assists companies with their liability management, helps raise capital, and advises on the sale of their businesses. Additionally, DLA unlocks liquidity for private equity sponsors, providing tailored liquidity solutions to limited partners in secondary transactions.
Kathleen has over 20 years of global financial services and commercial real estate experience, working for and advising firms in Europe and the U.S. with their capital raises, restructurings, asset management, and valuation. Kathleen has a deep understanding of the economic, operational and institutional aspects of credit, structured securities, and the derivatives markets, focused on fundamental valuation. Her clients have ranged from early stage ventures to Fortune 500 firms.
Prior to joining DLA, Kathleen served as a Managing Director of Restructuring and Corporate Finance at Silver Leaf Partners, LLC., where she focused on Capital Advisory and Special Situations in the middle market space. Before that, Kathleen was a Senior Vice President within Houlihan Lokey’s Financial Restructuring and Real Estate Strategic Advisory Practice, where she advised U.S. and European creditors and debtors in both healthy capital raises along with illiquid, distressed, and restructuring scenarios. Her clients included the Icelandic Banks, Bank of Ireland, GGP, Capital Trust, Lehman Brothers, UBS, the National Asset Management Agency, and CIT Group, Inc.
Silver Leaf Partners, LLC
Church Tavern Advisors, LLC
First Chicago NBD Bank (now part of JP Morgan Chase)
University of Michigan Ross School of Business – MBA with Distinction
Michigan State University – BA Finance, BA International Relations
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
Registered Securities Representative (SIE, Series 62, Series 63)
Co-Leader, Dealmaker’s Outreach on behalf of the Association for Corporate Growth
Member, Turnaround Management Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, and 100 Women in Finance
Arlene Pottinger is a Director at DLA, LLC in the Internal Audit practice and has over 20 years of broad business experience in public and private accounting and consulting primarily in the REIT and private equity areas. Arlene manages DLA client relationships for delivery of enterprise risk assessment, Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX) compliance, and internal audit services. As a team leader, she is responsible for internal control assessment for companies at different stages of growth – initial public offering, post-initial public offering or mature enterprises. Arlene leads and manages all aspects of engagements for compliance with Section 404(a) and Section 404(b) of SOX – planning, budgeting, reviewing work papers, issuing reports, assisting in remediation’s and implementations of controls, and updating management and audit committees.
Prior to joining DLA in 2010, Arlene supervised and participated in SOX compliance, internal and external audit engagements in the financial and investment service industry. While focusing on SOX compliance Arlene assisted clients in initiating formal risk and control self-assessment programs utilizing the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) framework.
She also evaluated the design and effectiveness of controls, identified deficiencies and assisted management in the development and implementation of remediation plans. Her audit engagements focused on conducting Credit, Financial, Operations, and Compliance audits.
Pace University – BBA in Accounting
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Dennis Christoforatos is a Managing Director and CIO at DLA, LLC with over thirteen years of experience. Prior to joining DLA, Dennis served as a liaison between the accounting and IT department at American Home Mortgage. Dennis was responsible for testing new applications and introducing them to the accounting department. In conjunction with testing new applications, Dennis also wrote procedures and trained front end users on the applications. One of his major roles was managing special projects between departments. Dennis also coordinated the change management system for SOX compliance and designed and implemented the disaster recovery testing for the accounting department.
Dennis’ professional expertise includes IT controls, project management, system selection and implementation, process improvement and optimization, financial and technology auditing, cyber security, forensic accounting and management consulting. Dennis has assisted several major clients in the documentation and testing of IT General Computer Controls and Computer Application Controls relative to the requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX). Some of Dennis’ client engagements include Apollo Global Management, Fortress Investment Group, Newcastle Investment Corp, TPG, Blackstone, Abbott Capital, NorthStar Realty Finance Corp., Ladder Capital, Starwood Capital Group and Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corp.
Dennis has helped clients address organizational and process optimization in accounting and operational business functions. He has assisted clients with the evaluation and comparison of their current business processes to leading practices, and with the design and implementation of “to-be” processes including: organization structure and staffing; policies, procedures and systems; supporting technology; and internal controls. In addition, his experience involves forensic accounting involving the analysis and audit of large quantities of transactions. Dennis is also familiar with assisting clients in the analysis of their technology functions for improvements including strengthening their cyber security controls, and helping clients create user manuals and training of staff.
Errol Labosky focuses primarily on DLA’s real estate clients. For over 20 years, Errol has had extensive experience in internal audit, specializing in the real estate industry and REIT marketplace.
Prior to joining DLA, Errol served as a Senior Vice President, Internal Audit for nearly a decade at Vornado Realty Trust. Errol provided strategic leadership and guidance regarding the internal control environment, enterprise risk management framework, and operations initiatives in support of this REIT. He led the Internal Audit Department with reporting responsibilities to the Board of Trustees and executive management. In this capacity, Errol restructured the audit approach to concentrate on strategic, operational, reputational and regulatory risks. He partnered with the IT and Operations teams to implement solutions for cyber-related risks, a secure bank transfer portal, elevation of encryption levels for sensitive internal documents, and bolstering of endpoint protection. Errol collaborated with and advised business owners on the successful re-engineering of control processes, including enhanced screening for new vendors and migration to a paperless travel & entertainment system. Errol collaborated with senior management and the Board of Trustees to create an enterprise risk management framework. He regularly advised senior management and the Board on existing and emerging risks and the implementation of mitigation strategies.
Errol also served as an Inspections Specialist at the PCAOB previously in his career. In this role, he conducted inspections of audit work papers of the Big Four accounting firms with an emphasis on the firms’ largest clients. He also partnered with the Standards Group in the preparation of an exposure draft related to a proposed PCAOB standard.
Preceding the PCAOB, Errol was at Deloitte for 12 years reaching the level of Senior Manager where he supervised, coached and evaluated large teams on multiple engagements. His responsibilities included oversight of all facets of audit engagements, including managing relationships among client senior management and firm leadership. Errol also ensured the adequacy of financial statement disclosure requirements and compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404.
Errol Labosky is a graduate of D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University with his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Management. Errol is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and New Jersey.
Northeastern University, B.S., Accounting, Business Management
Certified Public Accountant – New York & New Jersey
Chartered Global Management Accountant
Institute of Internal Auditors
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Danielle Dietrich is the Director of Human Resources for DLA, LLC. She has over 10 years of experience in Human Resources Management. Her expertise includes HR policy and process, benefits & compensation design and administration, performance cycle management, staff recruitment, the development of training programs, compliance and labor law and employee relations, including staff coaching.
Danielle started her career in the NYC office of Kirkland & Ellis, a Chicago based law firm specializing in private equity, restructuring, and intellectual property. While at Kirkland, Danielle worked closely with support and legal staff alike to arrange and conduct orientation and training sessions. She was responsible for all human resources administrative duties and ensuring overall employee satisfaction. A majority of Danielle’s career was spent at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, a firm which specializes in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, takeovers, corporate and securities law and corporate governance, where in 12 years’ time she was promoted from a Human Resources Assistant to Coordinator and eventually to a Human Resources Generalist. As a HR Generalist, amongst other things, Danielle was mainly responsible for all aspects of recruitment, from determining the effectiveness of a recruiting plan to onboarding and training.
As the Director of Human Resources for DLA, Danielle originates and leads Human Resources practices and objectives to provide an employee-oriented, high-performance culture that emphasizes quality, productivity and standards. Her duties include administration of the performance management process and employee retention. She oversees the health benefits for the Firm’s employees and serves as the 401k administrator managing retirement plans and accounts. It is also Danielle’s responsibility to create sourcing strategies and lead recruitment efforts for all support staff and audit positions for DLA. She advises managers on fair hiring practices and employee performance issues to reduce corporate liability and manages all legal and compliance issues to be in accordance with the law.
Rutgers University – The School of Communication, Information and Library Services, Bachelor of Arts, Communications
Member of Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
Member of The National Human Resources Association (NHRA)
Jason M. Addesso, CVA is a Director in the Forensics, Valuation & Litigation Support (FVLS) practice at DLA Litigation Services, LLC (“DLA”) in Shrewsbury and Fairfield, NJ where he is responsible for the day‐today management of matrimonial litigation and business valuation engagements, tax consultation, and commercial litigation matters. Jason has ten years of business advisory expertise including matrimonial and commercial litigation support, forensic accounting, business valuation, and tax consultation for estate, gift, and income tax purposes. He also advises on specific and complex tax issues arising from marital dissolution. His industry experience includes companies in the manufacturing, distribution, financial, real estate, healthcare, service and retail sectors.
Prior to joining DLA, Jason was a Manager in the Advisory Services division of a large regional accounting firm and has prior experience in the tax department for a national accounting firm. Jason has been a panel speaker and lectured on topics such as business valuation and matrimonial accounting.
Monmouth University – B.S. in Business Administration, Concentration in Accounting
Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
Address: 595 Shrewsbury Avenue, Suite 208, Shrewsbury, NJ 07002
Phone: (732) 383‐8880
Fax: (732) 268-7388
Jesse Liszkiewicz is a Director in the Accounting Advisory Practice at DLA, LLC, based out of NYC. He had experience planning, supervising, and performing integrated audits of SEC-filing companies in the Entertainment, Media, and Communications industry, including CBS Corporation, The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, as well as financial statement audits of privately-owned companies such as Mediacom Communications Corporation and Russell Reynolds Associates, Inc.
Prior to joining DLA, Jesse served as an Assurance Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for nearly 10 years. He reviewed and prepared detailed audit testing in areas including revenue, business combinations, divestitures, pensions, stock-based compensation, goodwill and intangible assets, and financial reporting.
Jesse managed teams to conduct audit procedures and ensure work papers and documentation met PCAOB-regulated quality standards. He interacted and coordinated with, as well as reviewed the work performed by various lines of services, inclusive of information systems, tax, valuations, and other specialists.
He also played a significant role in training staff. Jesse assisted with helping clients adopt new accounting standards, including internal controls, in addition to preparing and leading client presentations. He developed and managed engagement budgets and was responsible for organizing financial data to present to partners and key client contacts.
He also negotiated annual audit fees as well as additional billing opportunities with clients.
Besides his day-to-day responsibilities, Jesse also participated in recruiting events and acted as a mentor for Assurance Senior Associates and Associates by participating in firm-wide employee coaching programs, aside from contributing to annual performance assessment discussions.
Master of Business Administration, Finance, Rutgers University
B.S., Accounting, Rowan University
Certified Public Accountant (NJ)
Recipient of the Outstanding Business Student Medallion Award
Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member of Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society
Erkhan Murad is a Director in the Internal Audit department at DLA where he is responsible for internal audit and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance activities for his clients.
Mr. Murad brings over 14 years of audit and consulting experience to DLA and his experience spans across various industries including hedge fund, private equity, and real estate. At DLA, he has been responsible for the building of clients’ internal control frameworks readying them to be SOX compliant. In addition, he has worked with existing public clients, specifically within the BDC, Mortgage/Property REIT and Investment Management industries, to offer outside of the box recommendations to reduce cost and improve processes. Further, Mr. Murad leads a wide variety of internal audit projects, including but not limited to, enterprise risk assessments, operational reviews and process/system optimizations.
Previously, Mr. Murad worked for eight years in the Assurance practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) within the Alternative Investments group. He was responsible for planning, budgeting and managing audit engagements for hedge fund and private equity clients. In addition, he was responsible for the review of work papers to ensure all significant accounting, auditing and reporting issues were resolved prior to financial statement issuance.
Mr. Murad has hands on experience defining audit scope, developing strategies and prioritizing activities by researching clients’ risks, objectives and business goals. He has also researched technical accounting issues and assured clients were complying with technical standards. He focuses on educating clients about opportunities for improving their internal accounting processes, resulting in both time and cost efficiencies.
Binghamton University, Bachelor of Science; Accounting
Christian is a Director at DLA, LLC in the Internal Audit department, and brings approximately twenty years of experience to his role. Christian’s experience includes analyzing and assessing risks assumed by financial services institutions including alternative asset managers; private equity, real estate, credit, and hedge fund investment platforms; and capital markets firms. He has assessed and advised on risk management programs and internal controls around alternative investment products, equity and fixed income securities, derivatives, and structured products. His client oversight experience includes coordination with internal and external auditors, review of workpapers, assessment of testing results and related risks, coaching of team members, and overall ownership of timely and thorough execution of audit plans.
Christian started his professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and then gained valuable experience at Blackstone and Credit Suisse. In addition, from 2013 to 2014, he was the Head of Internal Audit at CIFC Asset Management.